Dating brass candlestick
The base is casting and has a rubber insert all the way around the base, close to the edge. The give-away here is that the type number and manufacturer markings are stamped, not engraved, and are always No. This firm had its own supply of original plaited cordage, which added a genuine air to these replicas.
The same switch-hook assemblies were used to make up fake Telephones 121 from No.
Technical improvements in the casting of both base and precious metal candlesticks also substantially altered their form.
72 and ATE sticks had this style of base, they will be very, very difficult to find.These receivers have gone brown over the years and in a lot of cases, the Ebonite has fallen off. The give-away is that the bases and stems are made of brass, not steel, although these are often covered with black paint.Always ensure that the original earpiece cover is fitted, as this is a slimmer version of the 100 & 200 telephone earpiece and generally has a dimple on the edge. Another manufacturer based in the north of England was using a mixture of genuine bases, stems and mouthpiece assemblies together with reproduction bell receivers and switch-hook assemblies.Everything was painted black with no transfers on the case. Obviously the non-dial body was discarded and replaced by one with a dial aperture.Originally, Candlesticks had no dial aperture, as there were no automatic exchanges, but later models (i.e. 150) did have an aperture in which either a dummy dial plate or a real dial was fitted. In most cases the original transmitter support was utilised and this can be identified by a crossed out number (i.e. 2) on the head and the number 150 inserted next to the 2. The picture, above right, shows a head marked PX25. The 235 is a "mark" number, which is of no significance.